2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Range Rover Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Explorer

Engine

  3.5L I-6

Seating Capacity

  7


2018 Range Rover

2018 Range Rover

Engine

  3.0L I-6

Seating Capacity

  5

2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Range Rover

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Some customers prefer their SUVs with a significant measure of toughness: just enough to hold its own in rougher weather or when driving on less-than-ideal terrain. Vehicles like the Ford Explorer and the Land Rover Range Rover fulfill that need. With hulking exteriors, intimidating sheet metal, muscular engines, and available or standard four-wheel drivetrains, neither vehicle will ever be classified as an automotive wimp. Plus, both nameplates have been around for decades, thus giving them ample opportunity to build and burnish their reputations as all-weather-capable rides. For 2018, the Explorer is content without any major changes as it continues its fifth production cycle. On the other hand, the Range Rover employs a number of tweaks inside and out. There’s now a second touchscreen in place of multiple knobs and buttons for the infotainment system, and one of the upper-level trims gets a small bump in horsepower. Ultimately, though, such updates are not enough to match what the 2018 Ford Explorer has to offer as a full-size crossover SUV.

Maximum Occupancy

As SUVs, the 2018 Ford Explorer and the 2018 Range Rover are designed with more interior space than most passenger vehicles. However, with three rows of seats in its cabin, the Explorer can seat up to seven people: the driver and a passenger in the front, and three occupants each for the second and third rows. Plus, the Explorer has a passenger volume measured at 151.5 cubic feet. The Range Rover uses the traditional two-row seat layout of most SUVs, thus keeping maximum occupancy at five.

Cargo Space

The 2018 Ford Explorer is praised by automotive writers for offering abundant cargo space behind its rearmost seats, which is measured at 21 cubic feet. If you need more area for your luggage, you can fold down the third-row seats to expand it to 43.9 cubic feet. And if you absolutely need maximum cargo volume, you can fold down both the second and third rows to produce 81.7 cubic feet. By contrast, the 2018 Range Rover is often cited with its relatively small amount of cargo space—especially when placed alongside its main competitors—as one of its main shortcomings. With the rear seats folded down, you can expand it to 68.6 cubic feet—75.6 if you have the Supercharged LWB or Autobiography LWB model. Still, it falls short of the Explorer’s maximum cargo volume.

Crashworthiness

Although SUVs are generally designed to be relatively large and sturdy, some are safer than others. And the 2018 Ford Explorer and the 2018 Range Rover are no exception. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) administers a series of tests on new vehicles, some of which evaluate their crashworthiness. With five test categories, the IIHS determines whether a vehicle has a crashworthy design, which reduces the likelihood of injury or death, by checking out its structure and restraints. The 2018 Ford Explorer got the top-level “Good” rating in four of the five crashworthiness categories: Moderate Overlap Front (which tests impact to the driver-side front half), Side (which tests impact to the driver’s side), Roof Strength, and Head Restraints and Seats. The Range Rover was not tested by the IIHS, which makes it hard to determine how effective it is in preventing crashes—or, better yet, injury and fatalities as a result.

To check out more of what the 2018 Ford Explorer—rather than the 2018 Range Rover—has to offer, come to our dealership in Richardson, Texas. We have one of the most robust inventories in the Dallas metro area, and our excellent team of Ford experts is available to help you with any questions or concerns. Call us today to set up an appointment.


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